Posted by Carter | Under Where to?
Friday Jan 24, 2014
Discover Driving Routes with Curb Appeal
There’s nothing worse than a seemingly endless landscape of mundane scenery that makes you want to fall asleep rather than look at it. If you’re going to be on extended car ride, you want a road with an eye-catching panorama of scenery and the speakers full of your favorite driving tunes. When you’re choosing your next travel destination remember, one of life’s many pleasures is a long drive that offers plenty of curb appeal.
Great Ocean Road No Maps Necessary
From Torquay to Allansford, Australia’s Great Ocean Road is without a doubt the largest and most beautiful soldier’s war tribute in the world. It has a fascinating history of creation from the labor of surviving servicemen who returned home after World War I. From the limestone stacks of the Twelve Apostles rising up from the ocean, to Bells Beach, where surfers vie for the right to tame the next turquoise wave, you’ll find a seemingly endless paradise to explore in and out of your Kemwel car rental.
While you can finish the length of the Great Ocean Road in one day, why push yourself? Underwater shipwrecks, walking trails, warm sands to dig your toes into, and lighthouses with panoramic views are just a few of the reasons to hit the breaks and put the car in park. If you are more of a motor enthusiast as opposed to someone who likes to get out and smell the proverbial roses, the undulation of the roadway that takes you around tight corners and over seaside cliffs may encourage you to finish the drive in one day, but I hope you don’t.
Napoléon Route Say Yes to a GPS
Close to 200 miles of smooth asphalt retrace the historic route of Napoléon between the cities of Grenoble and Antibes. An exciting stretch of road that takes you through the diverse terrain of quaint French towns nestled amidst alpine peaks, past abandoned fortresses and through forests to the Cote d’Azur. The numerous hairpin turns can be exhilarating for some and daunting for others. This route is often traversed by drivers who enjoy putting the pedal to the metal looking to make record time. For the leisurely driver, make a stop in Grasse, which has the prestige of being recognized as the world’s perfume capital. In Sisteron, where the sun shines an average of 300 days a year, visit the once defensive medieval citadel. The Naval Museum of Napoléon can be found in Antibes, as well as museums dedicated to Picasso and the liqueur absinthe. The road is still marked in places by gilded statues of the Imperial French Eagle, but it is recommended to plan your route utilizing a GPS.
The Romantic Road Rekindling the Flame
Cultivated in the 50’s, with hopes of rekindling the flames of German tourism, some enterprising souls recognized the untapped potential in the hundreds of miles of highway between Würzburg and Füssen. From the ashes of wartime the Romantic Road was borne. It began with the loved-ones of American troops who were stationed locally, coming abroad to visit and taking the driving tour. From then on, the tide could not be stemmed, and in modern the Romantic Road lures lovers-lane hopefuls and families along its winding length by the thousands each year.
Beautiful and formidable looking castles straight from a child’s fairytale, medieval events with costumed knights and ladies, traditional German festivals and wineries line the way.
The twists and turns of Transfăgărășan, also known as Ceausescu’s Folly after ruler Nicolae Ceausescu, takes you into the highest reaches of the mysterious Carpathian Mountains. Painstakingly carved by the military to use as an access road, today, the devilish turns and steep climes over-looking sheer drops are all part of the exciting challenge for motorists and cyclists who travel through the wild beauty of the Carpathians. Enjoy a peaceful picnic lunch by Balea Lake, or near the thundering Balea Waterfall, which can both be reached from Transfăgărășan. This is not a highway for speed, but care and concentration, so if you want to snap a photo of any of the spectacular cloud-line views, pull over.
With this selection of heart-racing, ambling and historic drives, you’re sure to put your Kemwel car rental through its paces. When you’re searching for destination ideas and travel advice, check out our weekly blog! Kemwel makes international travel easier with information, insight and of course, the cheapest rental cars to get you everywhere you want to go—Reserve your next rental car online today!